HC Deb 15 February 1989 vol 147 cc264-5W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what action he has taken to protect farmers and other users of the river Esk in Cumbria, where findings recently of radiation doses three to four times above the generalised derived limits set by the National Radiological Protection Board have been discovered; and if he will make a statement regarding grazing cattle and sheep eating this contaminated vegetation and soil entering the human food chain with its subsequent dangers to health.

Mr. Ryder

As my hon. Friend the Member for Calder Valley (Mr. Thompson) made clear in his reply to the hon. Member for Copeland (Dr. Cunningham) on 9 February,Hansard, column 780, substantial monitoring in this area has made clear that doses of radiation, even to those receiving the highest external exposure, are well within the internationally recommended limits.

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